Tropical Storm Mindy Forms in the Gulf of Mexico

The 13th storm of the season, Mindy was expected to hit the Florida Panhandle and cross through the state and into the Atlantic.,

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Tropical Storm Mindy Forms in the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Mindy's projected path.
Tropical Storm Mindy’s projected path.Credit…NHC, NOAA

By The New York Times

  • Sept. 8, 2021, 5:31 p.m. ET

Tropical Storm Mindy formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday as the 13th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

Mindy was expected to cross the coastline of the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday night, and then move off the coast of the southeastern United States into the western Atlantic Ocean by Thursday.

It was producing maximum sustained winds of nearly 40 miles per hour, with some stronger gusts, the National Weather Service said. Total rainfall of two to four inches was expected, with six inches possible across the Florida Panhandle into southern portions of Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday morning, the Weather Service said.

Some flooding was possible, as were isolated tornadoes over the Florida Panhandle.

In the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Larry continued its 13 mile per hour advance toward Bermuda and threatened to bring dangerous swells to the East Coast of the United States.

It has been a dizzying few weeks for meteorologists who have monitored several named storms that formed in quick succession in the Atlantic, bringing stormy weather, flooding and damaging winds to parts of the United States and the Caribbean.

In addition to Ida, which battered Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 29 before its remnants brought deadly flooding to the New York area, there were also Julian and Kate, both of which quickly fizzled out within a day.

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Not long before them, in mid-August, Tropical Storm Fred made landfall in the Florida Panhandle and Hurricane Grace hit Haiti and Mexico. Tropical Storm Henri knocked out power and brought record rainfall to the Northeastern United States on Aug. 22.

The quick succession of named storms might make it seem as if the Atlantic is spinning them up like a fast-paced conveyor belt, but their formation coincides with the peak of hurricane season.

The links between hurricanes and climate change are becoming more apparent. A warming planet can expect to see stronger hurricanes over time, and a higher incidence of the most powerful storms — though the overall number of storms could drop, because factors like stronger wind shear could keep weaker storms from forming.

Hurricanes are also becoming wetter because of more water vapor in the warmer atmosphere; scientists have suggested storms like Hurricane Harvey in 2017 produced far more rain than they would have without the human effects on climate. Also, rising sea levels are contributing to higher storm surge — the most destructive element of tropical cyclones.

A major United Nations climate report released in August warned that nations have delayed curbing their fossil-fuel emissions for so long that they can no longer stop global warming from intensifying over the next 30 years, leading to more frequent life-threatening heat waves and severe droughts. Tropical cyclones have likely become more intense over the past 40 years, the report said, a shift that cannot be explained by natural variability alone.

Ana became the first named storm of the season on May 23, making this the seventh year in a row that a named storm developed in the Atlantic before the official start of the season on June 1.

In May, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast that there would be 13 to 20 named storms this year, six to 10 of which would be hurricanes, and three to five major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher in the Atlantic. In early August, in a midseason update to the forecast, they continued to warn that this year’s hurricane season will be an above average one, suggesting a busy end to the season.

Matthew Rosencrans, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said that an updated forecast suggested that there would be 15 to 21 named storms, including seven to 10 hurricanes, by the end of the season on Nov. 30. Mindy is the 13th named storm of 2021.

Last year, there were 30 named storms, including six major hurricanes, forcing meteorologists to exhaust the alphabet for the second time and move to using Greek letters.

It was the highest number of storms on record, surpassing the 28 from 2005, and included the second-highest number of hurricanes on record.

Michael Levenson contributed reporting.

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